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By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 02/09/2016 Education
Uncertainty about the components of the state's next biennial budget – which legislators are crafting this month – has Henrico County Public Schools officials awaiting clarity as they work to propose their own budget for the coming fiscal year.
HCPS officials are hopeful that Gov. Terry McAuliffe's plan to fund new teaching positions statewide – which would partially cover 46 new elementary school jobs in Henrico in FY16-17 (and another 42 secondary school positions the following year) – will take shape, but for now their budget doesn't include them.
They anticipate that McAuliffe's proposed 2-percent pay raise for teachers will lead to a similar pay raise for all county employees, but for now their tentative school budget does not include one. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/09/2016 Education
Can tweets build a new playground? Students at the Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage are waging a social media campaign this week to win funds that would refurbish the playground at Longdale Elementary School and make it more accessible.
The students’ proposal made it to the final five in a nationwide contest by SkillsUSA and Lowe’s. To win, the project must create the most social media interaction during the week of Feb. 7-11.
Students at the center are promoting their entry using social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Vine. The project uses the handle @helpsavetheday or simply, Help Save the Day. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/09/2016 Education
Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond, a regional school readiness initiative, received a $180,000 grant from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) to benefit quality early learning opportunities for young children in the greater Richmond region. The investment by VECF supports collaborative efforts that enable children to start school healthy and ready to learn, which is the first stage of the workforce pipeline. > Read more.
As many as 20 teams of students, teachers and administrators from Douglas Freeman and Mills Godwin high schools will gather this month to engage in some friendly mayhem: mowing down thousands of bowling pins for a cause.
Co-sponsored by the Student Council Associations at the schools, the "Strike Out Cancer" event will raise funds for the non-profit Hitting Cancer Below the Belt (HCB2). The organization was founded in 2012 by Melinda Conklin after her husband, Rich, died the year before of colorectal cancer – at the young age of 43. > Read more.
By Charlie Broaddus, Capital News Service 01/26/2016 General Assembly
Next time Virginians text and drive, it might cost more than just a data plan.
Henrico Del. John O’Bannon (R-73rd District) has proposed a bill that would double the fines for texting while driving from $125 to $250 for a first offense and from $250 to $500 for a subsequent offense.
O’Bannon did not hesitate when asked why he decided to introduce the bill, HB 73. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/26/2016 Henrico Schools
Fourteen students from Stephanie Welles’ Relevance Rising seminar at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School (MLWGS) and six members of Paige Hawkins' RAMPS Club at MLWGS completed installation on two handicap access ramps in December, providing a safe entrance for residents of Nine Mile Road who live with health and mobility issues.
Welles has taken her RR seminar to Guatemala for the past three years for an interdisciplinary field experience providing services to the village of Tzunanà community library, while RAMPS Club helps to build accessibility ramps for those without the means to afford it themselves. > Read more.
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Michael Arad, the architect of the World Trade Center Memorial, will be the keynote speaker for The 2016 Adolf-Adams JCC Forum on Sat., Jan. 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., at the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center in Henrico.
Arad’s “Reflecting Absence” architectural design was selected from more than 5,000 competitive entries as the template for the Memorial’s construction in New York City. During the forum, Arad will discuss the significance and symbolism of the design, as well as his inspiration. The event, which is a highlight of the Weinstein JCC’s Patron of the Arts series, is open to the public > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/15/2015
The Sixth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) will be held Feb. 1-7, 2016 at various locations, including in Henrico County.
A partnership of The Enrichmond Foundation, Capital Region Land Conservancy, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Falls of the James Group - Sierra Club, the festival will feature a number of insightful films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents of the planet and Richmond citizens in particular.
A detailed schedule will be released at a time closer to the festival, but the popular children's portion has been set for Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. > Read more.
Start celebrating Valentine’s Day a little early with Susan Greenbaum at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. She will present “An Evening of Love Songs.” Other fun events this weekend include Henrico Rec & Parks’ 30th annual One Act Showcase; “The Lego Movie” playing at the Henrico Theatre (tickets are only $!); and Robin and Linda Williams who will be performing at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse. And homeowners will really appreciate the free Home Improvement Seminar taking place at Harvie ES. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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